European Data Protection Digest

Court Ruling on SARs Makes the Case for Good Destruction Practices

DATA RETENTION—UK

August 15, 2013

A legal expert has said that a recent court ruling on subject access requests (SARs) bolsters the need for strong data destruction practices, Out-Law.com reports. Noting that data retention checks can be viewed as a regulatory burden, technology law expert Luke Scanlon said good destruction practices can both comply with data protection laws but also remove the burden of responding to SARs from individuals or organisations requesting data. A High Court judge said companies must respond to SARs but added there is no duty “to retain data so that it can remain available to be mined by former customers or claims companies with a view to making claims against third parties.”
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